Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 31, 2005 15:47 ET

AAFC: Government and Industry Promote Canadian Food and Agriculture in Mexico

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - Thirty Canadian companies will display a wide range of world-class food products at Alimentaria Mexico 2005, one of the largest food and beverage exhibitions in Latin America. This exhibition will be held in Mexico City from June 1-3, 2005.

Alimentaria Mexico will provide an excellent opportunity for the importers, distributors and retailers attending the exhibition to get a taste of Canadian food products.

"Canada has an unparalleled reputation for the quality, diversity and creativity of its food products and services," said Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This trade fair is a major venue for Canadian producers of value-added and consumer-ready foods to showcase their outstanding products."

The Canada Pavilion will feature Canadian Chef Eric Fernandez demonstrating his passion for Canadian products by using them in traditional Mexican cuisine. The Pavilion will also highlight award-winning Canadian agriculture and food products, including an assortment of premium gourmet chocolates and candies, specialty nutritional supplements, naturally sweetened fruit juices, along with premium non-dairy beverages, Canadian pork, and Italian specialty entrees.

The elimination of tariffs on most agri-food products since 2003 has spurred bilateral trade between Canada and Mexico. Canadian agri-food exports to Mexico have increased by more than 100 per cent since 2003, with consumer-ready, value-added food products increasing by 125 per cent. In 2004, total agricultural trade between the two countries reached a record US $1.2 billion, an increase of nearly 60 per cent over 2003.

More than 400 companies from 24 countries participated at Alimentaria Mexico in 2004, with attendance expected to increase this year. The 18 Canadian companies participating last year generated on-site sales worth $500,000 and anticipated sales worth nearly $3 million.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations / Canadian Embassy, Mexico City
    Pier Sved
    Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
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